Selinsgrove titles to be decided Saturday night
Selinsgrove Speedway presents its final points race of the 2013 campaign Saturday at 7 p.m., but a few other races remain on the season slate.
Pat Cannon, winner of last week's Jim Nace Memorial National Open for the 410 sprint cars, his third career victory in the event, chases 358 sprint car point leader Jason Shultz for the crown. Shultz, a one-time track champion, holds a 115-point margin over the three-time champ. Jeff Rine has secured an unprecedented ninth late model championship.
Troy Miller and Kyle Bachman are separated by 30 points in the pro stock race, while 90 points separate Brian Johnson from two-time champion Bob Bussey in the roadrunners.
In the upcoming weeks, Selinsgrove will host the 358/360 Sprint Car National Open sponsored by Mach 1 Chassis on Sept. 28. Plenty of cars from the United Racing Company. along with the New York-based Empire Super Sprint Series will invade the fast half-mile to take on the local drivers. The event pays $8,000 to the winner.
The 410 sprint cars return on Oct. 6 for twin 20 features, while the Late Model Fall Classic closes out the season Oct. 12.
Big Diamond Speedway returns to action on Sunday at 6:15 p.m., featuring the 358 modifieds, sportsman and roadrunners. The modifieds return after having last Sunday off. Following Sunday's show, management announced the limited late models, which replaced the modifieds for a week, will make bi-weekly appearances on Friday nights during the 2014 season.
Williams Grove Speedway hosts a doubleheader open wheel program tonight with the 358 and 410 sprint cars in action. With a handful of points races remaining at the Mechanicsburg oval, Kevin Nouse leads Austin Hogue in the 358 sprint car points chase, while Fred Rahmer looks to add another Grove title to his illustrious career in the 410 sprints. Greg Hodnett sits 175 points behind.
Rahmer has more than 500 total career wins in modifieds and sprints and is the all-time leading winner at Williams Grove with 90 victories and 8 track titles.
Rahmer, who has announced his retirement plans for the end of the 2013 season, has already secured the Lincoln Speedway title, his 11th at the Abbottstown oval, and is also the all-time win leader there with 169.
Lincoln swings into action Saturday night with the Kenny Weld Memorial 40 for the 410 sprinters, Thundercars are also in action.
Four races in four weekends continues in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship, as the series heads to the Motorplex in Texas for the 28th annual AAA Texas Fall Nationals. ESPN2 will provide coverage throughout the weekend with qualifying action at 11:30 Saturday night and three hours of eliminations Sunday evening at 8:30. Winners last weekend at the zMax Dragway in Charlotte were Morgan Lucas in Top Fuel, Robert Hight in Funny Car, Jeg Coughlin Jr. in Pro Stock and Andrew Hines in P/S Bike.
Heading into the second race of the six-race countdown, Spencer Massey sits atop the T/F points, Matt Hagan leads the F/C battle, Mike Edwards is the P/S leader and Hector Arana Jr. leads the P/S Bike contingent.
In the fourth event, the tour heads to the Pennsylvania for the 29th annual Auto Plus Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway. Tickets are still available by contacting Evan Jones at the track office (610) 856- 9200.
NOTES: Jeff Strunk continues to be the money man in the PA 358 modified wars after collecting $10,000-plus for winning the Coalcracker 72 over the Labor Day Weekend at Big Diamond. Strunk took home his fifth Freedom 76 victory last weekend at Grandview Speedway. Strunk's victory in the 76-lap feature event was worth more than $25,000. ... Grandview's regular season is over, but racing action returns to the Bechtelsville oval on Saturday, Oct. 19, featuring the 358 modifieds, URC sprints, ARDC midgets, sportsman, legends cars, vintage race cars and a demo derby. ... Hagerstown Speedway will once again try to present the Oct. 2012 Octoberfest, now renamed the Brawl in the Fall Sunday, Sept. 29. After qualifying action was completed last October, Hurricane Sandy arrived and the event kept bouncing around until the September date was announced. The 410 and 358 sprint cars will compete in 30-lap features, while the late models and big block modifieds will each have 50-lap events. Racing starts at 2 p.m.
(Kaminski covers auto
racing for The News-Item)